Çanakkale 1915 Bridge

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Çanakkale 1915 Bridge

Çanakkale 1915 Köprüsü
Canakkale 1915 Bridge.jpg
A rendering of the bridge.
Coordinates40°20′18″N 26°37′58″E / 40.33833°N 26.63278°E / 40.33833; 26.63278Coordinates: 40°20′18″N 26°37′58″E / 40.33833°N 26.63278°E / 40.33833; 26.63278
CarriesSix lanes of the Kınalı-Balıkesir Motorway
LocaleÇanakkale Province, Turkey
Official nameÇanakkale 1915 Köprüsü
Total length3,563 m (11,690 ft)
Width43.06 m (141 ft)
Height318 m (1,043 ft)
Longest span2,023 m (6,637 ft)
Clearance below69.3 m (227 ft)
DesignerCOWI [1]
Owners consultant Tekfen Holding [2]
Constructed byDaelim - Limak - SK - Yapı Merkezi [3]
Construction start18 March 2017
Construction end18 March 2022
Toll€ 15.00 plus VAT

The Çanakkale 1915 Bridge (Turkish: Çanakkale 1915 Köprüsü), also known as the Çanakkale Strait Bridge (Turkish: Çanakkale Boğaz Köprüsü), is a proposed suspension bridge being constructed in the Çanakkale Province in northwestern Turkey. Situated just south of the towns of Lapseki and Gelibolu, the bridge will span the Dardanelles strait, about 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the Sea of Marmara.[4]

The bridge is the centerpiece of the 321 km (199 mi) long US$ 2.8 billion Kınalı-Balıkesir Motorway, which will connect the O-3 and O-6 motorways in East Thrace to the O-5 motorway in Anatolia. With a main span of 2,023 m (6,637 ft), the bridge will surpass the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan by 32 m (105 ft) to become the longest suspension bridge in the world.[5]


The total length of the bridge is planned at 3,563 m (11,690 ft) and together the approach viaducts the length reaches 4,608 m (15,118 ft), which will surpass the total length of the Osman Gazi Bridge and its approach viaducts by 527 m (1,729 ft) to become the longest bridge of any type in Turkey.[6]

The total height of the bridge's two towers will be 318 m (1,043 ft) tall, making it the second tallest bridge in Turkey, after the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, and the third tallest structure in the country. Internationally, the bridge will become the fourth tallest bridge in the world, surpassing the Sutong Bridge in China. The deck of the bridge will be at 72.8 m (239 ft) high and have a total width of 45.06 m (147.8 ft) and a maximum thickness of 3.5 m (11 ft). The deck will carry six lanes (three in each direction) of motorway, together with two walkways on each side for maintenance.[6]

Symbolic figures[edit]

Some symbolic figures are associated with the bridge. The name "1915" and the groundbreaking date "March 18" are related to the Turkish Naval Victory on March 18, 1915 during the naval operations in the Gallipoli Campaign. The length of the bridge's main span with "2,023" meters refer to the centennial of the Turkish Republic in 2023.[5]


  1. ^ "Cowi Canakkale". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  2. ^ "Çanakkale to be site of Turkey's longest bridge". Hürriyet Daily News. 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  3. ^ "Four consortia in $2.6 bln Dardanelles bridge bid". Hürriyet Daily News. Anadolu Agency. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  4. ^ "Canakkale 1915 Bridge". Road Traffic Technology. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Groundbreaking ceremony for bridge over Dardanelles to take place on March 18". Hürriyet Daily News. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  6. ^ a b ERM (December 2017). Çevresel ve Sosyal Etki Değerlendirmesi (ÇSED) Raporu – 1915 Çanakkale Köprüsü ve Malkara-Çanakkale Otoyolu Projesi (PDF) (Report). ERM. Retrieved 31 August 2018.